Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of May 4th


Some of the server-filled IT-PAC modules at a Microsoft data center in Boydton, Virginia, one of a handful of billion dollar data center projects. (Photo: Microsoft)

For your weekend reading, here’s a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week. Enjoy!

The Billion Dollar Data Centers – Your iTunes downloads, Facebook posts and YouTube videos travel through small rural communities that are home to billion-dollar data centers from the world’s largest cloud builders. Here’s a look at these facilities and how they’re changing these communities.

Big in Texas: CyrusOne Sees Massive Growth in Dallas – Staffers at CyrusOne use scooters and golf carts to get around the company’s new Carrollton, Texas data center. It’s a sign of the scale of the company’s ambitions in the Dallas market, where the company has just opened its first phase of colocation space.

USPS Leverages Big Data To Fight Fraud – When you think “big data,” you probably don’t think of the United States Postal Service (USPS). As it processes more than 528 million pieces of mail each day, the USPS has become an active participant in the big data revolution, and operates one of the most powerful non-classified supercomputing databases in the world.

New QTS Lab Will Advance High-Security Federal Clouds – QTS (Quality Technology Services) wants to help federal agencies get comfortable with cloud computing, and is dedicating some of its data center space toward this goal. The company, in conjunction with i2 Sentinel Associates, has set up a testbed inside its massive data center campus in Richmond, Virginia that will focus on creating highly secure cloud computing capabilities.

HP Unveils Complete Software-Defined Network Fabric – HP unveiled a series of hardware and software solutions Tuesday designed to make networks simpler, scalable and automated. HP (HPQ) launched a data center network fabric built on HP FlexNetwork architecture.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.